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Automoblox

14 Sep

We have a set of these Mini Automoblox, and Jenna LOVES them. Today, we took them apart and put them back together four different times. That’s right! You can take them apart! The pieces are even easy to get apart and snap together, which is often (unfortunately, given toddler frustration levels) NOT the case with products geared toward toddlers. Here’s a picture of the complete set:

And here’s a picture of the set taken apart:

Notice that each vehicle has color coded pegs, holes, tires and roofs. This set can be used to teach color matching, fine motor skills, problem solving, visio-spatial processing, and a little creative engineering. Because, why simply stick with matching the colors to rebuild what you tore down when you can mix and match to create something like this:

Fun! And they’re not just for building! They’re incredibly fun to “drive” around. As a parent, I’m impressed with the craftsmanship and sturdiness. After many, many times of taking apart and rebuilding, the pieces still snap together securely, and the wheels roll smoothly. The vehicles are crafted of solid beechwood, rubber and polycarbonate, and they are finished to silky smoothness. They are rated for ages 3 and up, with the main “hazard” being the wheels and tires (both of which are removable). We keep ours on a shelf above Jenna’s head, and she asks when she wants to play with them, so we can help her.

Quality fun on wheels!

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7 Comments

Posted by on September 14, 2008 in Product Reviews

 

7 responses to “Automoblox

  1. AMomTwoBoys

    September 14, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Dylan has a big one and he loves it. Actually, I should put all of that in past tense because we’re, of course, missing most of the pieces now. :0(

     
  2. Heather~Domestic Extraordinaire

    September 14, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Those look neat!

     
  3. Melissa

    September 14, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Automoblox are a big hit at our house. We got them at Landbridge Toys.

    http://www.landbridgetoys.com

     
  4. Heather of the EO

    September 15, 2008 at 10:55 am

    My son would LOVE these. Thank you for the great gift idea,
    Heather 🙂

     
  5. onlycancan

    September 16, 2008 at 12:23 am

    We have 3 of these! They were on sale last year after Christmas at our Target. I think someone had opened them and returned them. We got 3 for I think $1.78 each! WOOHOO!

     
  6. kv

    January 8, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    These are indeed great. We know people who have the regular sized ones (not the minis) and their son loves them. One recommendation — the plastic people can be a minor hazard for very small children who like to put things in their mouths.

     
  7. psychmamma

    January 8, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    KV – Thanks! I’ve wondered about trying the full-size ones too. The ones we have didn’t come with any people, so we’re OK there. Thanks for the heads up!

     

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